This apartment sits in what should be a premium location in the Bastia's Citadel, with a view from just outside the front door, of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the island of Montechristo. However, it is just a few meters from a maritime boarding school. That means that on weekdays during the academic year, the immediate vicinity is full of loud teenage boys until late in the evening.
The owner advertised the site as having a dedicated parking space. In fact, the only available parking is a couple of thirty-minute spaces across the street and a fee-charging public garage a couple of minutes' walk away. The owner has now changed the listing to say that a car is "not needed." It is almost impossible to get anywhere in Corsica outside of central Bastia without a car. The airport is sixty-euro taxi ride away, and intercity bus and train service are extremely limited.
The owner also advertises that the apartment has satellite television. In fact, the only available television service was pay-per-view.
The amenities in the unit appear to have been downgraded over time. There used to be an overhead light in the bathroom, but it has been replaced by one over the mirror. Since the shower alcove is bordered by walls on three and a half sides, this makes the shower area quite dark. Moreover, an overhead fixture for the moveable showerhead has been removed, meaning that the only way to raise the showerhead over one's head is by hand.
The bedrooms have only small, high windows and are therefore dark and stuffy even during the day.
The apartment a French door with rickety shutters. The French door has a tricky lock, and the door shutters have two locks, one of which was loose and could not be locked from the outside without risking the chance that one would not be able to unlock it successfully.
The owner told me when I met him that he had to come about two and a half hours from Central Corisca, suggesting that he could not help with any maintenance issues but later claimed to live just twenty minutes away.
The owner charged us forty euros for the "rental" of two shower towels and a beach towel. This fee was not disclosed when I booked the apartment and appears to be as much or more than the towels cost.
The bed linens were all of very low quality and were uncomfortable.
The owner provided no soap of any kind and very few cleaning products -- mostly different kinds of ammonia.
The owner did not provide toilet paper.
Perhaps due to the stuffiness in the apartment, I had a bloody nose in my sleep the first night. Although I bought a replacement pillow and pillowcase, the owner has threatened to charge me forty euros for purported damages, some of which is for the bed linens and some of which is for the malfunctioning lock, which should not be deemed my responsibility.